Holy Trinity Cathedral
the cathedral is closed to visitors until further notice due to covid-19.
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Click link below to view the full information on the Shane Cotton and Robert Ellis windows in the Cathedral Nave.
This remarkable Chapel, with its three walls of glass and curved gilded ceiling is a modern masterpiece. Designed by Auckland architects, Fearon Hay, this versatile venue offers a sacred place to enjoy the views out through the historic oaks to the volcanic cone of One Tree Hill. (Image: Patrick Reynolds)
Anne Robinson’s glass baptismal font was cast in four separate pillars, and glued in place with a stainless steel cruciform inset in the bowl. Dedicated in 2009, it captures the colours of the stained glass from the nearby windows.
Located in Judge Street, Parnell, St Stephen's Chapel, built in 1857 and seating only 45 people, is a well-loved landmark above Tamaki Drive. Popular for weddings, it is still used for regular 9am Sunday Services.
The outdoor labyrinth, between St Mary’s and Parnell Road was designed by Dr Jacky Bowring, and is a gift from the Kelliher Trust. Children love running around its sunken curves, and all are able to use it as a contemplative tool to offer a reflective moment out from the pace of regular life.
The Rose Window in the Chancel is the work of the English artist, Carl Edwards, and symbolises the Trinity - Father (eye), Son (cross) and Holy Spirit (dove). The traditional Alpha and Omega symbols are also incorporated.
The 8.3m-high cross of the Bishop Selwyn Chapel is located in the Trinity Garden, and situated on the midline of the Cathedral. Tilted heavenward, this inspirational sculpture is the work of prominent New Zealand sculptor, Neil Dawson.
This Grade 1 historic building was first built at the end of the 19th century. It was moved to its present location from the other side of Parnell Road in 1982. Photos of this move are inside the porch. Look for the bookstand on the pulpit made by the “mouseman”.
The Great Window at the rear of the Nave, designed by Nigel Brown, is said to be the largest expanse of stained glass in the Southern Hemisphere. The windows have a Maori/Polynesian side and a European side, with the risen Christ in the centre crowned by a seven-petalled flower depicting the seven days of Creation. Please follow the link below for further information about our East and West Nave windows.
Light a candle on the votive candle-holder located by the Marsden Chapel and offer a prayer for yourself, or for someone who you love or who needs your prayers. This holder was designed to mark the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II and dedicated by The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams during his visit in 2012.
Marvel at the new Cathedral organ – completed in May 2017. It is the largest pipe organ in New Zealand and the largest Cathedral organ in the Southern Hemisphere. It was designed, built and installed by Nicholson & Co, from the UK.
Enjoy a picnic under the shade of chestnut tree beside the historic church of St Mary’s
The Marsden Chapel is named for the Reverend Samuel Marsden who conducted the first Christian service on New Zealand soil during Christmas Day 1814. Within the chapel are five windows by John Baker, depicting Our Lord’s Ascension, the Day of the Pentecost, the Stoning of St Stephen, the Baptism of the Ethiopian, and the Institution of Holy Communion.
On the Cathedral’s forecourt sits the “Mountain Fountain”. Designed by Terry Stringer, this fountain originally stood in Aotea Square, but was moved to the Cathedral site in 2010. At night, the lighting dramatically showcases the sculpture against the Cathedral’s complementary roofline.
Open to the public, this exciting new gallery space is located in the undercroft of the Cathedral. The Gallery features nine works on loan from the Wallace Art Trust and was made possible through a generous bequest from the late John Wilson and other donations. Feel free to ask our friendly Welcomers if you need directions! Image courtesy of artsdiary.co.nz 2019
history, art and Architecture
Holy Trinity Cathedral is the Anglican ‘Mother Church’ of the Auckland Diocese – which includes the area from North Cape, down and across the Hauraki Plains to the Coromandel Peninsula in the east, and south to the regions surrounding the Waikato River.
Our Cathedral reflects the Three Tikanga Church of the Province of Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia. In addition to the Cathedra, the seat of the Bishop of Auckland, we also have chairs for the Bishops of Te Pihopatanga O Te Tai Tokerau and of the Diocese of Polynesia in New Zealand.
Situated on the ridge of the suburb of Parnell, the land on which the Cathedral sits was purchased by Bishop Selwyn in 1843. The foundation stone for the Cathedral was laid over 100 years later in 1957. The Chancel, built in a neo-Gothic style, was completed in 1973 and also offers the Marsden Chapel as a separate worship space. In 1982, the historic wooden church of St Mary’s was moved across the road to its present site adjacent to the Chancel. The contemporary Nave of Holy Trinity was opened in 1995, and the Cathedral was completed in 2016 with the opening of the Bishop Selwyn Chapel.
Daily services at Holy Trinity offer all an opportunity to gather and worship in God’s presence.
The Cathedral opens its precinct daily and welcomes all those who wish to visit to enjoy its varied and inspiring architecture and remarkable works of art including stained glass windows, glass font, fountain, outdoor cross, furniture, votive candle holder, and labyrinth – all by notable New Zealand artists.
The Cathedral is also a performing arts venue within the city of Auckland, and is used regularly by a wide range of performing artists, of all genres.
Aerial shot of the Cathedral precinct
cathedral artist in residence
We are delighted to welcome Karen Sewell (top left image) to the Cathedral as our very first Artist in Residence. Karen created art installations in the Cathedral in 2018 and in 2020 for Artweek Auckland and is an artist of Christian faith.
The Cathedral has had a long association with the arts historically commissioning artworks as it was built and in recent times establishing the John Wilson Gallery, hosting art installations, and participating in Artweek Auckland. The artist in residence will compliment these initiatives, extend our involvement in the arts, and provide benefits for the Cathedral community and the artist.
A visual artist graduating with a Master of Fine Arts (with Honours) in 2016 from Whitecliffe College of Arts and Design, Karen is interested in the intersection of art and spiritual experience. She aspires to create artworks that activate spaces for viewer/participants to be able to experience liminal moments of awareness of the unknown, an awakening to wonder, or numinous experiences. Karen works across media including sculpture, installation, painting, drawing and photography, specialising in installation practice.
Karen is enjoying having a space to be and create, and to contributing to the life of the Cathedral.
You can learn more about Karen at: www.karensewell.net
How to get to Holy Trinity Cathedral
Holy Trinity Cathedral is located at 446 Parnell Road, Parnell, Auckland.
The green Inner Link bus service stops on Parnell Road outside Holy Trinity Cathedral on both clock-wise (bus stop number 7194) and anticlockwise routes (bus stop number 7193).
The orange Outer Link bus service stops on Parnell Road outside Holy Trinity Cathedral on both clock-wise (bus stop number 7194) and anticlockwise routes (bus stop number 7193).
The 703 bus service from Britomart to Portland Road stops at 17 Brighton Road (bus stop 7658). From this stop, it is a short walk to the Cathedral at the top road.
The 703 bus service from Portland Road to Britomart stops at 16 St Stephen’s Ave (bus stop 7665) - from here cross the road to the Cathedral opposite.
The Hop-on Hop-off Tours also stop at Holy Trinity Cathedral. For more information, visit their website here.
Southern and Western Line trains stop at the Parnell railway station on Cheshire Street. From the station, take a short walk to Parnell Rise, and then up the hill to the Cathedral.
Holy Trinity Cathedral has car parking available to those attending services and events. Access to the carpark is from Brighton Road, and from Parnell Road. There is no charge to those attending Sunday services. However, car parking charges apply to those using this carpark for weddings, funerals, and all other events. Pay and display meters are located on the right as you enter the Brighton Road entrance, and just past the end of St Mary’s-in-Holy Trinity Cathedral from the Parnell Road entrance.
The Cathedral car park has 150 spaces and is accessible from either Parnell Road, behind St Mary's-in-Holy Trinity, or from Brighton Road. There are parking meters located at either end of the car park. Parking rates are $6 for 4 hours, or $10 for all day. Payments can be paid by paywave-enabled cards at the machines. Parking hours are Monday - Sunday, 6am - midnight.
Disabled parking is situated in the small carpark located directly in front of the Cathedral on Parnell Road, and also in the main carpark accessed from Parnell Road entrance.
There are several P60 parking places on Parnell Road in front of St Mary’s, with more parking sometimes available in adjacent streets - Cathedral Place, Birdwood Crescent, St Stephen’s Avenue and Brighton Road.
Men's and women's toilets are located on the right-hand side of the Cathedral crossing/stage area before the Chancel. Access to the disabled facilities can be achieved using the ramp along the right-hand side of the Nave and the disabled toilet can be found in the porch of the Patteson Entrance, just past the men's and women's toilets.
Additional men's and women's toilets (with baby-changing facilities) can be found downstairs along the John Wilson Gallery, accessible from the Visitors' Centre. There is an additional disabled toilet (with baby-changing facilities) next to he kitchen area in the Visitors' Centre.
selwyn's vision project
In 1843, Bishop Selwyn purchased the land in Parnell, Auckland, upon which Holy Trinity Cathedral sits. His vision was to build a great cathedral that would become “a centre for educational, social, charitable and missionary work”.